Save the date! 19th September 2019, Northampton

The UK workshop for the EU-funded Social & Environmental Reporting 2020 (SER) Project 2020, will take place in the new headquarters of the Institute for Creative Leather Technology (ICLT) at the new campus of the University of Northampton, on the 19th of September and will discuss skills and training for the European leather industry.

The SER2020 project is a follow-up to the very successful 2012 SER project, and will evaluate the current environmental and social status of the European leather industry. The final report of the 2012 SER project can be found here. Included in the project, there will be a series of workshops, in the UK, Italy, Spain, Germany, Romania, Hungary and Portugal, which will provide an opportunity the European industry to meet and discuss topics relevant to the aims of project and the industry.



0930-1000 Registration
1000-1015 Introductory remarks

Kerry Senior, Leather UK

1015 – 1035 Apprenticeship schemes in the UK

John West, Skills and Training Manager, UKFT

1035 – 1055 Higher education in the leather sector

Rachel Garwood, Director, Institute for Creative Leather Technology, University of Northampton

1055 – 1115 Skills for the modern leather sector

Gustavo Gonzales-Quijano, Secretary General, COTANCE.

1115 – 1135 The industry perspective on the benefits of training and education for the workforce

Rhona Ferris, Human Resources Advisor, Scottish Leather Group.

1135 – 1200 Coffee break
1200 – 1300 Q&A and Discussion session
1300 – 1400 Lunch, followed by tour of facilities


The workshop will run from 0930 to 1300, with a tour of the new teaching facilities and tannery at the ICLT. The final programme will be circulated when finalised but to register interest in attending, please contact Kerry Senior at Leather UK (kerrysenior@leatheruk.org). Funding is available for a limited number of attendees to cover accommodation and travel expenses for attending the workshop (further details on request).

A limited number of rooms have been block-booked for the workshop, at the Sunley Hotel on the University Campus (https://www.sunleyhotel.com/). These rooms are available on a first come, first served basis. Please use booking code, SH003043/1.

Travel information will be provided in due course, but Northampton is easily accessed from London and Birmingham, and the University is located in the town centre.

The workshop will be limited to 30 attendees so early expressions of interest are advised.

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